How to Befriend Yourself
Buddhist Wisdom to Cultivate Kindness
Inspiration and Simple Practices to Cultivate Kindness and Compassion
Renew your sense of connection—to others, to the world, and to yourself—with this set of inspiring lessons and guided practices, all delivered by teachers steeped in Buddhist wisdom. Well known from the pages of Lion’s Roar magazine, they’re your guides to developing ease in both your body and mind, even as you work with life’s challenges.
Selected from the hit Lion’s Roar online summits Embrace Change and Transcending Habit, the teachings gathered in How to Befriend Yourself are all about getting beyond ruts and limitations and finding a more gentle, positive, and proactive way forward in life.
In this series you’ll learn to:
- Use simple meditative approaches to unseat unhelpful thinking, behavior, and patterns
- Make friends with your feelings and difficult emotions
- Create positive new patterns that can transform the way you live
- Settle and relax your body for a greater feeling of ease
- Connect more deeply with others
- Face life’s challenges with resilience and peace
"We think we know ourselves and yet... there is so much that we don't know. And what it requires is that we have a conversation."
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🌿 Downloadable MP3 audio for convenient offline listening
🌿 Downloadable transcripts of all the program talks
🌿 A special 30-page collection of related teachings and advice from How to Befriend Yourself teachers and others, including Thich Nhat Hanh and Sylvia Boorstein
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A Powerful Collection of Heart-Opening Practices and Teachings
- A guided meditation with Valarie Mason-John for connecting with the body through our sense-experience
- Ethan Nichtern on transforming your self-doubt into skillful and positive reflection by working with our habit energy
- Guided movement exercises with Cyndi Lee to help you ground, center, and connect
Willa Blythe Baker on befriending your feelings by being present and making space for them, with the help of trust and curiosity
- “Inserting a Pause” with Josh Korda: a guided practice for becoming aware of compulsive behaviours
- Peggy Rowe Ward and Larry Ward on connecting more deeply with oneself, others, and the world through the power of listening from the heart
- Rachel Neumann on the joy and wonder of relationships, and showing up for our loved ones in times of connection and in times of change
See the full course curriculum below.
StartDiana Winston: Guided RAIN meditation (20:34)
StartEthan Nichtern (Part 1): Transforming Shame & Guilt with “Positive Remorse” (22:31)
StartEthan Nichtern (Part 2) — Meditation: Reflection, Forgiveness & Intention (24:28)
StartValerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John: Guided meditation — Cultivating Awareness of the Senses (17:14)
StartSensei Chodo Robert Campbell: Guided meditation—Confronting Craving (12:33)
StartCyndi Lee: Guided movement session (8:55)
StartRachel Neumann: Bringing Mindfulness to Relationships (25:08)
StartPeggy Rowe Ward & Larry Ward: How to Really Listen to Others (36:08)
StartWilla Blythe Baker: 5 Tips for Befriending Your Feelings (8:52)
StartJosh Korda on "Inserting a Pause" (2:05)